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Project

Pinecone Bird Feeder

Introduction

As cold weather approaches, many wild birds begin their migratory flight in search of food and warmer climates. Others remain despite the depleted food supply. Nourish avian friends with a bird feeder made out of a large pinecone, peanut butter or suet, and birdseed. Children will enjoy this simple and educational project, which will attract many birds to your yard.

 

Materials

  • Large pinecones
  • Ice pop sticks
  • Peanut butter or suet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Birdseed
  • Natural string
  • Scissors
  • Thumb tacks

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Place any tight pinecones in a 300-degree oven for about 10 minutes to open them. Use an ice-pop stick to spread a layer of peanut butter or suet all over the inner "petals" of the pinecone. Set the pinecone in a mixing bowl filled with birdseed mix. Roll the pinecone in the seed mixture.

  2. Step 2

    Attach string to the top of the pinecone for hanging. Push a thumbtack into the bottom of the cone, wrap tack with another length of string, and tie to the top of another cone. Repeat process until desired length is achieved. Hang bird feeder, and replenish with birdseed as necessary.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television